Writers and Loneliness

Everyone knows writers are lonely. What they don’t tell you is why. Spending hours alone banging away at a computer is not the reason for the loneliness. Loneliness comes down to lack of acknowledgement, intimacy and recognition. We all know married people who are lonely.

And most of us know what it’s like to be lonely in the presence of another person. The loneliness writers battle comes down having a different view of the world that most people have.

It comes down to the knowledge that at the end of the day the world you are creating is in your head. And it is in your hands to bring to life. Friends and family can encourage. But they don’t really know what it’s like.

Other writers can acknowledge. But sometimes it sparks strange boughts of competition and jealousy. So when you feel those lonely writer blues it’s not enough to just hang out with people. You need to make a special effort to hang out with people who see you for who you really are. And that is easier said than done.

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